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Should children be vaccinated?

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Started: 4/2/2018 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Mothers need to vaccinate their children in order for them to avoid getting fatal diseases.
Most diseases are prevented by getting vaccinations. Due to vaccinations diseases like smallpox have been eradicated. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) on their website wrote an Article title Smallpox writing "Thanks to the success of vaccination, the last natural outbreak of smallpox in the United States occurred in 1949." Vaccines have allowed and continue to allow protection to children from diseases that were once deadly.


Children should not be vaccinated because vaccinations are not safe.

The Ecowatch a website who concentrates on our economy and problems in the society stated in an article titled " CDC Knew Its Vaccine Program Was Exposing Children to Dangerous Mercury Levels Since 1999", "Uncovered documents show that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knew that infant vaccines were exposing American children to mercury far in excess of all federal safety guidelines since 1999. The documents, created by a FDA consulting toxicologist, show how federal regulators concealed the dangerous impacts and lied to the public...In 1997, Congress passed the FDA Modernization Act. A provision of that statute required the FDA to "compile a list of drugs that contain intentionally introduced mercury compounds, and provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the mercury compounds on the list." In response, manufacturers reported the use of the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, in more than 30 licensed vaccines...".

Based on this article published in 2017, how do we know our children will be safe? If they have exposed our children once to dangerous chemicals, how do we know it will not happen again. This demonstrates the government does not care about our children, what are these vaccines really for? We are not experiments to simply test how many chemicals our body can intake, and neither are our children. Vaccines are not safe and neither are our children if we allow them to receive them.

Kennedy, Robert. "CDC Knew Its Vaccine Program Was Exposing Children to Dangerous Mercury Levels Since 1999." EcoWatch, EcoWatch, 17 Apr. 2017,
Debate Round No. 1


The amount of mercury in the vaccines is virtually unharmful. In fact, wrote an article in response to the Ecowatch article where they wrote "there are about 25 micrograms of mercury for every 50 micrograms of thiomersal. Using that calculation (half!), that brings that terrible 187.5 micrograms down to 93.75 (or 94 micrograms, to keep things clean). Which is still quite high, but its equivalent to one tuna steak or 2 cans of albacore." this disproves the notion that the mercury level in vaccines is about as harmful as eating tuna.

Not only are vaccines statistically decreasing disease but they're also safe! There's little to no side effects of vaccines. Web MD had Kathleen Doheny a medical expert come in and answer questions about vaccines. when it came to side effects of vaccines she wrote: "Serious side effects, like a severe allergic reaction, seizures, hearing loss, or severe pain, are very rare -- so rare that experts aren't even sure they're linked to vaccines." (Doheny) Vaccines when children go in to get vaccinated they leave knowing they're going to be able to fight diseases without causing their body harm.

Kathleen Dohenny, "Expert Q&A: Childhood Vaccine Safety," (accessed June 4, 2014)

""CDC Knew Its Vaccine Program Was Exposing Children to Dangerous Mercury Levels Since 1999" " (Ecowatch)." The Thought Zone, 21 Jan. 2017,


I acknowledge my opponent's reasoning for stating that vaccines are safe, but side effects are not what one is worried about. Vaccines are known in history to have been used as a weapon against certain races or the people by our government, so why should we trust our government and allow our children to vaccinated when they are not necessary.

Ward Churchill an Indian American stated, " business as usual has continued in the "health" sphere: 1990, for example, it came out that the IHS was inoculating Inuit children in Alaska with Hepatitis-B vaccine. The vaccine had already been banned by the World Health Organization as having a demonstrated correlation with the HIV-virus which is itself correlated
to AIDS. As this is being written, a "field test" of Hepatitis-A vaccine, also HIV-correlated, is being conducted on Indian
reservations in the northern Plains region."

This correlates with my claim that vaccines can be used as a bio-weapon against humanity. The Indian Health Service (IHS), is a U.S. government department that focuses on the health of Native Americans, however, at this time their was still tensions between Indians and the U.S. after the constant wars or attacks the U.S. did. The U.S. created the greatest Indian massacres known and were known to resent Indians, therefore they knew this vaccine was found to be dangerous and continued to use it on innocent children, decreasing the Indian population. This demonstrates that we can not trust vaccines especially not for our children, even more in this era that we have a President that despises minorities. The people can never be to cautious and we all know that humanity goes blind at all times.

Vaccines are dangerous and our children should not have to be put at risk.

Churchill, Ward. 9.10 - Indians Are US?,
Debate Round No. 2


When finding what is dangerous and can be used as weapons the list is endless. Countless things that are meant to help others are abused and used wrongly. However, the use of vaccines is monitored. Before a vaccine can be sent out to the general public it has to be tested and approved.

Many health professionals as well agree that children should be vaccinated.American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research (CVAR), the Texas Children's Hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) are some of the few organizations that agree with vaccines and are all part of the immunization action coalition who focus on informing people about immunization as well as following policies to keep everyone safe . These people spend their entire life doing research and helping children and adults. Countless experts and organizations whom research and study the effects of vaccines say they're good for children. Not only children of this generation but future generations.

"IAC Immunization Partners." Vaccine Organizations and Immunization Partners,


I understand the point my opponent is trying to make by stating that vaccines go through testing to ensure safety. However, how do we know we can trust the CDC and other organizations with the lives of our children.

"Julie Gerberding, President of Merck Vaccines, was the CDC director from 2002-2009. A vaccine for Lyme disease, LYMErix, was licensed by the FDA and marketed for almost four years before being pulled from the market after several class action lawsuits were filed due to a potential causal relationship to autoimmune arthritis. Rotashield, a vaccine for rotavirus (RV), was pulled from the market by the manufacturer nine months after it was introduced after it was discovered that the vaccine might have contributed to higher instances of intussusception (bowel obstruction). "

This illustrates that even those with authority to make them and revise them cannot be trusted, how is it that they "tested" these vaccines, yet failed to acknowledge the dangers of it. These are the hands our children are in. So next time your children is getting vaccinated think about the dangers they are being subjected to, whether it would be in the hands of harmful people or the vaccines themselves.

L. Simonsen, C. Viboud, A. Elixhauser, R.J.Taylor, and A.Z. Kapikian, "More on Rotashield and Intussusception: The Role of Age at the Time of Vaccination," Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2005

Gregory Poland, "Vaccines against Lyme Disease: What Happened and What Lessons Can We Learn?,", Feb. 1, 2011
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Ma_Ro_Va 3 years ago
Kids MUST be vaccinated. Do you want them to get malaria or tubercolosis and badly die? This is an exaggerated example, but it's to make it understandable.
Posted by harrynguyen 3 years ago
So meaningful is this way that a mother can do to protect her children.
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